Three white tigers have a roaring birthday!

August 1st, 2008 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 (IANS) Rishi, Sitesh and Prachi may have wondered what the fuss was all about, but the fourth birthday of these endangered white tigers at the Nandankanan zoo here Friday was certainly a special occasion for people around them! “We have put up a display board at the reception, highlighting their birthday,” A.K. Patnaik, director of the zoo located on the outskirts of the Orissa capital, told IANS.

As birthday gifts, new furniture was placed in the enclosures of the tigers - a bench and a cot for them to rest on and wooden logs to have the pleasure of digging in their claws!

“The tigers were also given a good bath and a special treat of chicken by their keepers. Otherwise on a regular basis, they are given buffalo meat.”

Of course, no birthday celebration is complete without a cake. “So a specially made cake was cut in the presence of schoolchildren and other visitors,” Patnaik said.

“We also disseminated information in Oriya and English at the enclosures to generate awareness and general information on the tiger, its status and conservation efforts,” he said.

White tigers are endangered animals. At present, there are only about 200 white tigers in the world. Nandankanan was established in 1960 and is home to 27 tigers, including 10 white ones.

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